It's an all too often occurrence: A person of color tries to book a place on Airbnb, only to find their booking inexplicably canceled. It happened to Rohan Wilkes, who tried to book a cabin in Idaho multiple times before having a white friend try and succeed. So Wilkes decided to create an alternative: Noirebnb, which promises to be welcoming for everybody.
Noirebnb, which is set to launch in the next six to eight weeks, builds inclusivity into their business model. On the platform, if you tell someone your property isn't available for certain dates, you can't then re-list it during that time period.
"There’s a demographic of people out there that just believe that there’s an alternate explanation for any report of racism. No matter how many people express concern, there must always be another reason," Wilkes told Fusion.
"We really want to be a place that is welcoming to everybody. We’re challenging our competitors to be better."